Regents to set college tuition, fees today

Students at Georgia’s public colleges and universities will find out how much they will be paying to attend school when the state Board of Regents sets tuition and fee rates later Tuesday.

The board is gathering over the next two days in Dahlonega at the University of North Georgia for its monthly meeting. This meeting is one of two that the University System of Georgia’s governing body holds annually away from its Atlanta headquarters.

Last year the board approved a 2.5 percent undergraduate tuition increase at 27 of the 31 colleges within the University System, the same increase seen by most institutions the previous year. Students at the state’s four research institutions saw higher prices. Georgia Tech, for example, saw the largest increase at 7 percent. Tech students paid $4,129 per semester, or $720 more. Tuition at the University of Georgia jumped 5 percent, and Georgia State and Georgia Regents universities saw 3.5 percent increases.

Before the recession, state funding covered about 75 percent of college expenses; the remaining 25 percent was covered by tuition. But as state revenue declined and agency budgets were cut, the University System increased tuition to make up the losses. Now, the funding split has leveled out to 50-50, with tuition funding half of college costs.

By Janel Davis
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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